View Full Version : Transporting an engine
06-15-2008, 08:41 PM
I was just fortunate enough to receive a 454 big block that is apparently putting out 550hp from a family friend, I was wondering what the best way to transport the engine back to my house would be. I realize this seems like a dumb question but i have never had to move an engine by itself before and i don't want to show up to the mechanic unprepared. Will i need an engine stand or does that just make it easier to work on. I have a pickup truck that i am planning on putting it in the bed to move but i am not sure how to protect it during the short drive back to my house.
06-15-2008, 09:06 PM
tires are your friend...set engine on top of tire or tires and strap down
or try a local shop and see if they have any old wood cradles from a crate engine ect
06-15-2008, 09:15 PM
We just moved a 350 shortblock in March, we put it in an old tire so the oil pan sump fits where the rim normally goes. Pain in the butt to load in a lifted truck, but stayed stable for the whole 30-mile trip, and I did go over plenty many bumps and fell into plenty many holes (thank you MDOT).
06-15-2008, 11:18 PM
yea, leave the stand ar home...they are mainly 4 shortterm storage and working on the engine...
06-16-2008, 03:20 AM
The old tire method works well. Thats how i will be moving my 454 this weekend as well.
A big block does'nt like to sit in a tire to well. I've used an old milk crate and then 4 corner strap the engine to the bed. It won't go anywhere.
06-16-2008, 12:07 PM
i used to use the tire method, then i bought a pair of these.
i'll never use a tire again.
06-16-2008, 12:11 PM
With a caddy 500 I used a small pallet and just strapped it down real good and then drove it 600 miles back from Arkansas.
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